2018, its a wrap! And what a year it has been, from the first photo of the year below, taken seconds after midnight on New Year’s Day, right through to my last wedding of the year a few days ago. It does seem like whilst summer is the peak, there isn’t so much of a wedding season anymore, and I love shooting all year round, and the challenges and opportunities it brings. Shooting in the rain and cold this week it was hard to remember the scorching temperatures which proved quite a challenge to work in over the summer!
It has been an amazing and memorable year with so many different and unique weddings, I really have loved capturing each and every one, and how each couple has made the day their own. Observing the day so closely,I always find myself making a connection with the story being told, and there have been many moments this year where I have felt the emotion, which I do my best to transfer to the photographs. There is nothing more rewarding than getting home after a very long day, knowing I have got a huge collection of memories from the day.
A huge thank you to all the couples I have worked with this year, and it is a huge honour knowing you entrusted me with your memories. This year we’ve had fireworks, plenty of heavy rain (but lots of rainbows!), plenty of dogs at ceremonies, (and the first time I’ve been barked at in church!) even a deer came to say hello. There was a wedding at sea with a spine-tingling flypast from the Red Arrows, and most importantly, some amazing light, and lots of laughter and tears.
Looking back through thousands of photographs from the year and distilling them down to just 100 favourites is quite a challenge, but one I love doing, as it is a great way to reflect on the year, and to look at ways to shoot even better next year. It reminds me why I photograph the way I do, and why finding great light, or great moments is what I love best. The photos I have chosen aren’t necessarily my ‘best’ from the year, and I know my couples all have their own different favourites, These are the photographs which I am proud of, and also those where I fondly remember a great moment that I could just never have envisaged capturing at the start of the day. Moments that made me smile!
Through the year I have been regularly entering awards, and I am chuffed to have won two Nine Dot Awards, one Fearless award, and 16 Wedding Photojournalist Association awards, all of which have been pretty tough to achieve, and are a constant reminder of where I need to keep pushing myself, and striving to do the best I can on any day.
So enough from me, here are my favourite 100 (OK, there are a few more than that, ones I didn’t want to leave out, but hey, who’s counting!) from a year of incredible weddings!
If you are getting married in 2019, 2020, or beyond and you are looking for a Dorset Wedding Photographer, or a photographer in Hampshire, Devon, London, or even abroad please drop me a line, I’d love to hear about your plans!